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Old 06-12-2015, 01:33 PM   #11
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:41 PM   #12
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Don't forget you pet's first aid kit. I have American Red Cross 1st aid kits and instruction books for both people and pets and have taken classes for people and four legged pets.
Good point that lots of pet owners don't think about. There are also a lot of APPS available with both instructions for caring for injured pets as well as 24 hour emergency phone numbers. Handy stuff to keep on your phone or Ipad. You can get a list of vet locations and telephone numbers (listed by city/state) on line. I usually know where we're going on our trips (subject to enroute changes the wife makes) and print out a list.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:43 PM   #13
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added a snake bite kit to ours.
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Old 06-12-2015, 02:20 PM   #14
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How about a pocket mask and trauma shears along with that AED. I thought I was the only one who brings the whole emergency room along.
The shears and mask are in the AED pouch.
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Old 06-12-2015, 02:22 PM   #15
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Good point that lots of pet owners don't think about. There are also a lot of APPS available with both instructions for caring for injured pets as well as 24 hour emergency phone numbers. Handy stuff to keep on your phone or Ipad. You can get a list of vet locations and telephone numbers (listed by city/state) on line. I usually know where we're going on our trips (subject to enroute changes the wife makes) and print out a list.
I forgot about that; it is the red package in the dog's storage bin.

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Old 06-12-2015, 02:32 PM   #16
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added a snake bite kit to ours.
The last First Aid class I attended did not recommend these.

Apparently they cause more problems than they solve.

Lacerating a wound from a non-poisonous snake (or a venomous one that did not inject the poison (often happens) with a snakebite kit can result in a much more severe infection than just leaving it alone; washing with soap and water; bandage; then an ER visit.


TAKE A PICTURE OF THE SNAKE!
CALL 911

While waiting for medical help:

Move the person beyond striking distance of the snake.
Have the person lie down with wound below the heart.
Keep the person still to keep venom from spreading.
Cover the wound with loose, sterile bandage.

Do not:

Cut a bite wound
Attempt to suck out venom
Apply tourniquet, ice, or water
Give the person alcohol or caffeinated drinks

Snakebite Treatment: First Aid Information for Snakebite

If you must transport to the ER yourself IMMOBILIZE the patient.
Use or make a stretcher and let the wounded appendage hang down.
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Old 06-12-2015, 02:47 PM   #17
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If you have dogs, you might think about a rattlesnake avoidance class. All 3 of mine have been through it twice. Better to avoid than to have to treat.
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Old 06-12-2015, 02:52 PM   #18
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The last First Aid class I attended did not recommend these.

Apparently they cause more problems than they solve.

Lacerating a wound from a non-poisonous snake (or a venomous one that did not inject the poison (often happens) with a snakebite kit can result in a much more severe infection than just leaving it alone; washing with soap and water; bandage; then an ER visit.


TAKE A PICTURE OF THE SNAKE!
CALL 911

While waiting for medical help:

Move the person beyond striking distance of the snake.
Have the person lie down with wound below the heart.
Keep the person still to keep venom from spreading.
Cover the wound with loose, sterile bandage.

Do not:

Cut a bite wound
Attempt to suck out venom
Apply tourniquet, ice, or water
Give the person alcohol or caffeinated drinks

Snakebite Treatment: First Aid Information for Snakebite

If you must transport to the ER yourself IMMOBILIZE the patient.
Use or make a stretcher and let the wounded appendage hang down.
This is exactly what is taught for Wilderness EMT's as well. If you really want to carry something for a snake bite, carry benadryl. It may not help, but it will never harm

With that said, I carry a fully stocked Adventure Medical Mountian series First aid kit. I also have a trauma kit with Quickclot, in addition to the Epipen, as well. I should look into getting something for the Furry Kids.
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Most likely I would get bitten again trying to get the best photo for the Herkbrary...
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Old 06-12-2015, 04:09 PM   #20
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Most likely I would get bitten again trying to get the best photo for the Herkbrary...
Herk, I want to camp near you, I only carry two bandaids! Seriously though that's pretty impressive.

The wife just went out to check ours, retired nurse.
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